A masters is awarded to students who have completed postgraduate level study in a specific field of study or area of professional practice while demonstrating a high level of mastery during the process.
Composition as an academic subject focuses on the creation and arrangement of original musical scores. Choosing to study composition may help lead scholars to employment in the theater arts as stage producers, in academia as music teachers or professors, or as music publishers or critics.
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In the School of Music our goal is to educate the whole musician, not just to train a performer. [+]
The jazz studies concentration offers a high-level experience in small jazz ensemble and solo performance, arranging and composition, improvisation, and instrumental/vocal performance skills. In addition, William Paterson jazz students have access to high-level, primary source studies available only in the New York area, and to current pedagogical techniques in improvisation and arranging. A deeper level of study arises from the following: added historical and theoretical background (in the Western European tradition, as well as in jazz); primary source research and graduate-level writing opportunities uniquely available in jazz; current technological innovations as they relate to jazz; and application of these issues to pedagogical techniques in higher education and/or public schools. [+]